By Jimmy K Olot
Lira—26, May 2020: A new normal! In compliance with COVID-19 control measures which emphasises social distancing as a key component, Lira District Council has shifted their Council meeting to St Lira Hotel for the approval of 2020/2021 budget.
At least 44.4 billion Uganda shillings is budgeted for approval for the coming finical year. Education is allocated the largest share of shillings 18 Billion according to the Lira District Vice Chairman, George Okello Ayo.
Speaking to TND News’ Jimmy Krapt Olot at Lira Headquarters, Mr George Opio Rashid, the District Council Speaker confirmed the change of venue.
According to Mr Opio, this is to allow Councillors to observe a mandatory four meter distance [Tonsemberera—Keep Your Distance] as recommended by the Ministry of Health in an effort to control spread of COVID-19.
“We shall ensure that all the measures are being observed according to a circular given to us by the Ministry of Local Government,” Opio added.
The District Speaker added that restriction is also made on the number of people that shall sit at the gallery to avoid overcrowding, and that only few members of the public shall be allowed entry to Lira Hotel where the Councillors shall converge to correct and approve the budget.
The Speaker further appealed to the Councillors to be punctual because the new guideline promulgated by Local Government Minister, Mr Rapahel Magezi stipulate that a Council sitting of a district local government should be executed within 4 hours.
St Lira Hotel, located just a stone throw away from Lira district council hall in Lira Central Division, has a sitting capacity that can accommodate over 300 people.
Lira hotel is owned by Mr Sam Engola, Lira’s businessman, a politician who’s also the NRM national vice-chairman in charge of Northern Uganda.